What is going one with Arya and all the water references in her POV’s in Braavos?
Arya expels all vestiges of her life, her clothing from Westeros, she tosses in the water at the docks, her boots, attire, etc, and all her gifts she received as Salty: her silver Fork ( so much like Poseidon’s trident in miniature, or Meera’s fighting spear, or Finnick’s trident in the Hunger Games), her floppy hat, her fingerless gloves, etc.
The water may represent amniotic fluid since Arya strips naked in the fog penetrating the area of Braavos, concealing herself – but she is like a babe, naked and reborn if you will, turning away her Arya side to be symbolically reborn as a servant of Him of Many Faces.
Arya hides Needle so that she has concrete proof of who she is when she needs to remember. It is not just a sword to Arya – it is woven with her memories:
“Needle was Robb and Bran and Rickon, her mother andher father, even Sansa. Needle was Winterfell . . . Needle was the summer, snows, Old Nan’s stories, the heart tree with its red leaves and scary face, the warm earthy smell of the glass gardens, the sound of the north wind rattling the shutters of her room. Needle was Jon Snow’s smile. He used to mess up my hair and call me ‘little sister’” (AFfC 455)
Braavos is a city full of whispers, masks, and WATER.
Arya even serves water, not wine, to the minions of Him of Many Faces.
There is the pool in the HoB&W as well, a poisoned pool.
Help me follow this water motif, and speculate what it means, if anything, in regards to Arya of House Stark, or NO ONE, the servant of Him of Many Faces.